Fired-up Leo spurs 'Bull' market
By Jeannie Williams, USA TODAY
Leonardo DiCaprio wanted it badly, and he got it.
The star, sporting a tiny goatee, a nice suit and no baseball cap for a
change, bid with spirit against his money manager, Dana Giachetto, and
forked over $35,000 for a Raging Bull poster, signed by Martin
Scorsese, Robert De Niro and (at the last minute, for an extra $5,000)
Joe Pesci. It was all for film preservation, Scorsese's favorite cause.
The famed director, co-chairing Tuesday's American Movie Classics
memorabilia auction, also got something wonderful: On July 22, he wed
bride No. 5, book editor Helen Morris, 52.
Scorsese says he and Jay Cocks are "on the fifth draft" of a 20-year-old
movie idea, Gangs of New York, to star De Niro and DiCaprio, who's
much involved in the scriptwork.
The director got DiCaprio to co-chair the benefit. It made $250,000 for
The Film Foundation, which Scorsese co-founded. DiCaprio rarely
attends such events; he sneaked into the W New York hotel dinner with
his entourage to avoid the press, as usual. His table included Guillaume
Canet, who stars with him in The Beach.
Former senator Al D'Amato paid $7,000 for an Unforgiven poster with
Clint Eastwood holding an Oscar instead of a gun. Miramax Films' Harvey
Weinstein's $35,000 won a golf outing with Pesci and Jack Nicholson,
plus a Pesci cigar. Not that Weinstein golfs, but he'll find a use for it. He's
looking trimmer and quipped it's from "running around after Tina, she's too
fast for me." Indeed, editor Tina Brown has set a busy pace getting out the
first issue of Talk magazine for Miramax/Hearst.
Scorsese also is preoccupied. He admits, "I get up in the middle of the
night and worry" about films like Laurence Olivier's Richard III that have
yet to be restored. But then he's encouraged by ones that are being done
(like Rear Window, by the men who brought us the restored Vertigo).
And he's delighted that Sony and Time Warner are systematically restoring
their film libraries.
This can cost from $2,000 to restore sound, $15,000-$30,000 for a
black-and-white movie, up to $150,000 for an old color film.
On other topics, Scorsese says he liked Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide
Shut, which has had mixed reviews. "I feel comfortable being in the hands
of a master who knows that a shot still has value." He saw the U.S.
version, with bits of the so-called orgy scene covered. "I thought it was
purely stylized, like a nightmarish fantasy. I didn't take it in a literal way at
"That deliberate pace, to go against the grain of how fast I talk, how fast
society is now, how fast we live - it made you stop and look! I think it's a
picture that's going to deserve over the years a few more viewings at least.
I think it'll build."